HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER
WOMEN & MINIMUM WAGE - TREY KOVAKS & VINCENT VERNUCCIO
Washington Times Watercooler blog:Raising the tipped minimum wage does more harm than good
Politicians and interest groups playing the gender card to push their agendas is nothing new. But recently, it seems to be getting harder, as they are grasping at straws. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) recently introduced legislation to increase the tipped minimum wage—the base a restaurant must pay its workers before the employee receives cash tips—claiming that restaurant workers’ wages, especially female worker’s wages, have been stagnant for years. Yet a quick look at the facts shows their claims do not stand up to scrutiny. > Read the full commentary on the Washington Times Watercooler blog
> Interview Trey Kovaks or Vincent Vernuccio
LABOR & PENSIONS - IVAN OSORIO
Openmarket.org: If PBGC Cannot Go On Taking Over Pensions, It Will Stop
Herbert Stein’s law — “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop” — is being proven right once again. This time, what cannot go on is the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) taking on responsibility for more bankrupt companies’ defined benefit pension funds.
Ford Motor Co. has announced that it will offer lump-sum pension buyouts to salaried employees beginning in July. This comes on the heels of American Airlines’ announcement last week that it would freeze pensions for flight attendants and ground workers, rather than turn them over to the PBGC — a move the agency had opposed. The PBGC already faces a $26 billion shortfall. Taking on more pension obligations would only add to that deficit.
> View the full commentary on Openmarket.org
>Interview Ivan Osorio
> Read more on labor union issues at Workplacechoice.org
HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
Saturday, March 31
HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.
HAH can be celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.
Join the HAH Facebook group.